Our Projects in the Philippines
The Philippines is an archipelago of more than 7,000 islands. Its population is over 80 million and is the only predominantly Christian country in south east Asia. The Philippines is still mainly an agricultural society and most of the poor live in rural areas, with little access to government services including health care, clean water and sanitation. The leading causes of death are heart disease, pneumonia, vascular disease, tuberculosis, cancer, and diarrhoea.
In the Philippines, ABM works through the Episcopal Church in the Philippines (ECP). Episcopalians are a small minority compared to other Christian denominations in the country. ECP’s ministry started and remains strongly focused on certain indigenous peoples in the North (the Igorots) and the South (the Tedurays). The ECP has seven dioceses, with the newest being the Diocese of Davao. The church sees community development and social justice as part of its mission.
ABM also partners with the Philippine Independent Church (Iglesia Filipina Independiente or IFI) and works through its social development arm, the IFI Visayas-Mindanao Regional Office for Development (IFI-VIMROD).